The Philadelphia Phillies turned to their Triple-A affiliate four times this past week for major league replacements. However, none of the players selected are currently ranked as top 10 prospects.
Was this because the current top prospects are progressing nicely but just need more seasoning, or because a lack of early season success is causing them to fall short of expectations?
A player such as Darin Ruf could have earned a promotion once Chase Utley was placed on the disabled list, especially with a DH needed for the next two games. Instead, a slump led to the Phillies eventually promoting Michael Martinez.
Additionally, when Roy Halladay’s spot in the rotation came up, it was Tyler Cloyd who was promoted again rather than Adam Morgan or Ethan Martin.
All of these players have plenty of time to continue improving and reach the major leagues, possibly at some point this season. But they have also seen at least one, if not two or three, opportunities come and go for a major league call-up.
Meanwhile, how did the rest of the Phillies top 10 prospects, according to Baseball America, fare this past week?
Let’s take a look at whose stock is up and whose is down following Week 8.
*All statistics courtesy of MiLB.com unless otherwise noted.